Montauk Community Notes, July 21


Mid- to late-July days, so hot and humid, are the dog days of summer. My eight-year-old dog, Chance, seems as uncomfortable as I am in the heat. On Sunday morning, we took our walk early while the temperature was relatively cool. We reached the intersection at West Lake Drive and were startled by athletes on racing bikes, heading either toward the docks or speeding back, participants in the Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon. West Lake Drive is rather flat and straight, probably not requiring extreme exertion. One by one, riders appeared, some hunched over, their elbows resting on handlebars, wheels making strange whirring noises in the murky early morning Montauk quiet. Some were wearing pointed aerodynamic helmets adding to the surreal quality of the scene. Well out of the way, Chancey and I watched for a while on the shoulder of West Lake Drive, then we headed back, all before 7 a.m.Our son, Dan, plans to find time, once again, for the 8th annual Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge, which takes place this Saturday, July 23.

The Challenge is open to swimmers of all ages and abilities, including youth, recreational and competitive swimmers, and everyone in between. Swim 5K, 1 mile or 1/2 mile distances along Montauk’s majestic oceanfront and end at Ditch Plains Beach.

The event is organized by the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation and the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue squad as a fundraiser for the construction of the future Aquatic Center at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center. Visit for details, including registration fees for the various levels of competition. Online registration closes today, July 20. Please note, fees increase after today. On-site registration and check-in at Ditch Plains open at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Another opportunity to support the Aquatic Center at the Playhouse is the annual summer gala at the Playhouse on Saturday, August 6. The evening includes dinner, dancing, drinks and a lively auction, all under a festive tent on the Playhouse grounds. Instead of a formal sit-down dinner, this year’s Gala will feature delicious food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres. Fabulous live entertainment will be provided by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk rock, jazz, hip-hop band.

This year’s gala honors George F. Biondo and Perry Duryea III, both of whom give tirelessly to our community—and have given extensive support to the Playhouse Foundation’s mission.

For detailed information on how to purchase tickets and various levels of sponsorship for the gala, please visit or call the Playhouse at 631-668-1124.

Sarah Conway has asked for mention that she, along with her musical group, The Playful Souls, will perform at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, Monday, July 25, starting at 8 p.m. The line up includes Bosco Michne on guitar, Steve Shaughnessy on bass, Dan Koontz on keys, James Benard on drums, plus special guests! An eclectic mix of great tunes- from rock, country & blues to jazzy swing, and gospel. $15 cover charge. 631-267-3117 for more information.

“Recipe for Disaster,” a one-man show featuring Charles Baran, actor and singer, along with Ted Arthur, pianist, happens tonight at Montauk Library starting at 7:30 p.m. According to a press release, Mr. Baran plans to entertain the audience with descriptions of his formative years growing up gay in Queens in the 1970s, his parents similar to Edith and Archie Bunker.

Montauk Library’s go-to tech expert, Brit Mansir, will give an educational talk on iPhone photography, this Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m. Registration is required. While at the library, check out the downstairs display case filled with carved ducks from the collections of Jim and Jo DeStefano and Tom and Joanna Sepp.

“In the Key of Stevie,” is planned for Wednesday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m., with Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Trio celebrating the musical genius of Stevie Wonder.

Library concerts are free and open to the public. More information is available at, or call the library at 631-668-3377.

Lastly, this week’s line-up of free outdoor concerts in Montauk includes Bill O’Connell Latin Jazz Project, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the harbor at Gosmans on Sunday night; and Nancy Atlas, on Monday, from 6:30 to 8:30 on the Montauk Green.

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